Every year in early-ish July, Novello is abuzz (you’ll get it soon…) with the sound of 200 or so Vespas (there you go), as it plays host to Angeli in Vespa, a charity Vespa rally. Every age, shape and colour of bike imaginable turns up and they all head out for a ride around the Langhe hills, with an aperitivo en route, of course, followed by lunch back in Novello.
We usually hire a couple of Vespas and join in, but this year we were given a rather special honour… we were asked to lead the rally in Little Green Car, our 1966 Fiat 500. I’ll confess now, I did take a wrong turn towards the end, which wasn’t exactly ideal, but it all turned out okay in the end. And driving through the hills, hooting and waving at everyone, with 200 Vespas in the rear-view mirror was pretty magical.
I’ll let the photos tell the story, but suffice to say if you are lucky enough to be in the Langhe when the rally is on next year, you would be crazy not to hire yourself a Vespa and join in!